Archer Parr suspended until felony convictions against the two have been affirmed or overturned. If the Bar’s suits are successful, the Parrs would be disbarred in the event they are finally convicted. The elder Parr is appealing his conviction on charges of income tax evasion; his nephew is seeking a new trial on perjury charges. Re-founding fathers still at it Runoffs and recounts Bob Krueger, the New Braunfels businessman, former Duke University dean and political novice, won the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 21st District. Krueger won 51.5 percent of almost 47,000 votes in his runoff with Sen. Nelson Wolff. Krueger will face Republican Doug Harlan, nominated easily in May, in the general election. Harlan took about 43 percent of the vote in 1972, when he ran against 0. C. Fisher. Fisher is retiring after 16 terms. Former Sen. Joe Bernal is challenging the results of his runoff with Frank Lombardino for nomination to the Senate seat Wolff vacated. Lombardino led by 225 votes out of more than 38,000 cast. A recount in a Travis County House race increased Gonzalo. Barrientos’ margin over incumbent Wilson Foreman to considering a court contest. If Democratic nominees win their November races, the Austin delegation to the House should warm the cockles of a quota-lover’s heart. The four places would be held by a black woman, a chicano, a female anglo and a white male. Rep. Ronnie Earle, asked how it felt to be the token white male in the group, replied, “It’d feel a lot better if I weren’t a whole bunch Cherokee.” Port Arthur is one of 10 cities named by the National Municipal League as All-American cities. The NML release accompanying the announcement of winners said the 10 were being honored for acting to “improve human relations, deal with housing needs, develop environmental protection measures, revitalize sagging business and industrial activity, broaden educational opportunity, improve health and social services, increase citizen access to governmental decision making and improve the effectiveness of civic organizations.” The NML also sent along a magazine article by the foreman of the All-American Cities jury. The article cited Port Arthur for building a new port facility, building a new city hall, building a new hurricane-protection system, writing a new city charter, organizing a public transportation system and leading a statewide drive to allow property tax exemptions for old folks. It’s the home of Carl Parker, too. Austin For six months folks have been awaiting the mayhem that would surely attend the Constitutional Convention’s consideration of “right-to-work.” So what happens? June 7 and Section 22 of the General Provisions Article roll around, and delegates decide to submit the issue to the voters after about an hour’s mild-mannered debate. Then, less than 24 hours later, the convention whipped itself into an all-out donnybrook and alligator wrassle over an anti-busing section. One observer, disdaining to be surprised by anything the Texas Legislature does no matter what it calls itself, said the busing brawl was merely proof of the “Saturday principle: a disaster occurs whenever Saturday sessions are held, usually at about noon.” At about noon on this Saturday, Rep. Larry Vick either was or was not being shoved around and threatened, a bare quorum of delegates either did or did not vote to table Vick’s prohibition of busing and Price Daniel either did or did not take command to keep things from getting worse. One thing was for certain: Vick didn’t make himself any friends. There are not that many true constitutional purists among the 181 delegates to the convention, but there are a whole lot who don’t like being pressured to vote for popular but meaningless verbiage. HE ACTUAL DEBATE over the proposed language \(“The right of students to attend the public schools nearest their place of residency ‘shall not be denied or abridged for reasons of race, color, national outrageous. Rep. Terry Doyle of Port Arthur said the section would play hell with school district boundaries, allowing students to cross district lines, and would force districts into litigation over federal court orders. Sen. Bob Gammage of Houston pointed out that no state constitutional provision could be enforced in the face of federal action. Rep. G. J. Sutton of San Antonio, chairman of the House Black Caucus, called the section “racist” and “segregationist.” A motion to table passed 61 to 60, with Daniel voting aye. Suddenly every microphone except the president’s was being shouted into, and Daniel coolly took two parliamentary inquiries before Vick could officially request verification of the vote. Daniel informed him that his request was “too late,” cutting off any chance that a roll call might either reverse the vote or prove the absence of a quorum \(121 reporters that John Wilson, Tom Schieffer of Fort Worth and Lyndon Olson of Waco had shoved him, called him names and threatened to “whip” him. Olson, it developed, had only been trying to break up the altercation. Meanwhile, Daniel was taking a series of recess motions while Rep. Bill Heatly attempted to move for adjournment. The recess votes started totalling less than 121 and Heatly began objecting that, lacking a quorum, the convention could only adjourn or place a “call” on itself and compel absent members to attend. Daniel accepted Heatly’s motion to adjourn and began to explain that adjournment would make it necessary to obtain two-thirds majorities to reconsider any past votes. \(That would be fine with Heatly, who would just as soon not see a reconsideration of the vote which killed every few words. Daniel gavelled him down, saying, “Mr. Heatly, you’re out of order. The sergeants will seat Mr. Heatly.” Neil Caldwell reached for his motorcycle helmet and put it on. As other delegates whooped, the sergeants approached the Duke, who growled, “Don’t you touch me. Don’t you lay your hand on me. If you lay a hand on me, I’ll beat the fuck out of you.” \(Rep. Jim Nugent of Kerrville later visited the press room to tell reporters that Heatly had said nothing worse than Heatly’s chair to him and disconnected the microphone he had been using. Enough delegates wandered back in to make up a quorum. Daniel took another recess motion and gavelled it through by voice vote. He was later to tell a reporter, “I don’t intentionally cut anything off.” June 21, 1974
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